In just a few hours, the UConn Huskies will go after their first win in Amherst, NY as they take on the Buffalo Bulls. There's many things they need to do to get that.
One, they need to establish the run game. If Kevin Friend is ruled out, that might be hard to do. Two, limit the big plays on defense, ie the long runs and passes. Three, they need Chandler Whitmer to not make mistakes and show the same fire he did last Saturday.
For the first time all season, we really saw Whitmer be more vocal, especially on the sidelines. The key moment was when his pass to Geremy Davis was overturned. The offense didn't quit and Whitmer eventually led them to a touchdown that tied the game.
To win, he'll need to show that same passion.
I'd like to see the approach that Chandler took after Geremy's catch was replayed and taken back," UConn head coach Pasqualoni said. "We make this great play and it's ruled no catch. In a game like that it's a pretty big play."
"Chandler had a great look in his eye and he goes back there and we all know what happened. We got to a third down and he makes a play. That type of fire, that type of mental toughness."
"I'd like to see that every single series and he knows it. He's working on it."
Whitmer will need the other guys to step up as well. He can't do it alone. But if they can all get together and play as one cohesive unit, we should be talking about UConn's first win.
If not, we could be spending our Sunday talking about the ouster of Pasqualoni as head coach or at the very least, Tim Boyle taking over for Whitmer at quarterback.
photo credit – ian bethune – sox & dawgs